Air Liquide is to lead a $14m project to supply a range of hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies, as well as a hydrogen fuelling station, at the Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Air Liquide will also extend its technology to another airport at a later date, involving the conversion of passenger shuttle buses as well as passenger and utility vehicles, and other hydrogen generated stationary and auxiliary power applications.
Funded by the French gases company, the Montréal project is a collaboration between Air Liquide Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Québec’s Agence de l’efficacité énergétique (AEE), together with the involvement of 14 other companies.
Air Liquide will provide both the hydrogen for the project and install a station capable of refuelling several vehicles at the same time, also capable of refilling portable hydrogen tanks.
“We are very pleased, and very proud, to participate in this pilot world-leading project with Air Liquide,” said James Cherry, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal. “We are committed to offering all the support necessary for the success of this project; we will provide a location for the fuelling station and we will be among the most active users ourselves of hydrogen-powered vehicles.”
Air Liquide has supplied over 40 hydrogen fuelling stations around the world, enabling hydrogen-powered cars and vehicles to fill fuel tanks with pressurised hydrogen in under five minutes, the company claims.
“Air Liquide’s initiative and leadership in this project represents another step in our strategy to actively develop Canada’s hydrogen energy supply and infrastructure,” said Luc Doyon, President and CEO of Air Liquide Canada.
“The two buses and nine other vehicles converted to hydrogen will not emit any pollutants or greenhouse gases.”